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In this issue... Amazon - Friend to Writers?


Amazon - Friend to Writers?

By Bruce L. Cook

As new writers, we tend to trust the main bookseller - Amazon. I thought so. But recently I have been shocked..... (continued below)


As new writers, we tend to trust the main bookseller - Amazon. I thought so. But recently I have been shocked.

For one thing - the main thing - Amazon will publish and promote our books as ebooks. No questions are asked about content. No requirement to hire an editor or artist.

Happily, there is no rejection to fear.

Sadly, though, publishing your manuscript as an actual print book is prohibitive because Amazon requires use of their affiliate, at high cost. Amazon makes money from writers.

Still, one can publish a paperback or print an ebook on a third-party publisher like Lulu.com. They, in turn, can get your books listed by Amazon. However, one might expect it to have lower priority than an Amazon ebook. That way Amazon makes money from writers.

Lately I was shocked further. I learned that 20 independent bookstores combined their resources to sell against the Amazon giant. I tried that with my first novel and found my book on their list. Fair enough. But later, unexpectedly, I received an ad from Amazon. Guess what it offered.... It offered to sell me the same book for ten dollars less.

Now I was left wondering again. Is Amazon there to help writers and bookstores? Or, as seen in so many other contexts, isn't Amazon there to help Amazon?

You decide...



Cover of book - Theories Ethnic ViolenceFundamental Theories of Ethnic Conflict, by Muli wa Kyendo (ed.)


This book develops and expands on theories that aim at explaining the root causes of ethnic and racial conflicts. The aim is to shift focus from research, policies and strategies based on tackling the effects of ethnic and racial conflicts, which have so far been ineffective as evidenced by the increase in ethnic conflicts, to more fundamental ideas, models and strategies. Contents extend across many disciplines including evolution, biology, religion, communication, mythology and even introspective perspectives.around the world.

Drawn from around the world, contributors to the book are respected and experienced award winning authors, scholars and thinkers with deep understanding of their special fields of contribution. The book was inspired by the conditions in Kenya, where ethnic violence flared up with terrifying consequences following a disputed election in 2008. Although the conflict was resolved by the intervention of the international community, Kenyans like many other Africans - continue to live in fear of ethnic conflicts breaking out with more disastrous consequences. The book will be useful to policy makers, NGOs and others involved in promoting peace. It will also be useful in guiding research and as a text book in universities and colleges.

Handbook of Research on Examining Global Peacemaking in the Digital Age, Bruce L. Cook (ed.)


Violent behavior has become deeply integrated into modern society and it is an unavoidable aspect of human nature. Examining peacemaking strategies through a critical and academic perspective can assist in resolving violence in societies around the world.

The Handbook of Research on Examining Global Peacemaking in the Digital Age is a pivotal reference source for the latest research findings on the utilization of peacemaking in media, leadership, and religion. Featuring extensive coverage on relevant areas such as human rights, spirituality, and the Summer of Peace, this publication is an ideal resource for policymakers, universities and colleges, graduate-level students, and organizations seeking current research on the application of conflict resolution and international negotiation.


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Publishing New Writers,

December, 2020 (vol. 21, no. 12)


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